By Jeremy Craig, Office of the Provost
ATLANTA—Georgia State University has joined a national partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and two other universities aimed at building a pipeline of diverse candidates who can contribute to behavioral and social science research and application.
The AIR Pipeline Partnership Program seeks to enhance the diversity and cultural competence of the field by engaging graduate students who reflect the racial, cultural and socioeconomic diversity of the communities it serves.
The program will provide opportunities for students at Georgia State, Howard University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Georgia State’s Graduate School will lead the university’s participation in the partnership.
“I cannot overstate the importance of diverse perspectives within the academic community and the effect they have on communities that surround us,” said Lisa Armistead, dean of the Graduate School at Georgia State. “These critical voices drive innovative strategies for improving society and challenge us to nurture an inclusive culture.”
Student participants will include those who are considering research or implementation science as a profession or are studying areas related to AIR’s work, including education, health, international affairs and workforce development. Participants will be chosen by the universities based on their interests and backgrounds.
The program includes three components, including support for education and training, mentoring and career advancement, and networking and internships.
AIR Institute and External Fellows, academic leaders and internal experts will work with Georgia State’s Graduate School to deliver seminars, workshops and lectures addressing research, education policy, equity, workforce development, health and other relevant topics.
Graduate students will also have the opportunity to be mentored by AIR Internal and External Fellows and internal experts, who are among the most accomplished and distinguished people in the field. AIR will promote its Summer Internship Program that offers the opportunity to work on research projects and put students’ learning into action.